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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 853418, 9 pages
Research Article

The Effects of Educational Campaigns and Smoking Bans in Public Places on Smokers’ Intention to Quit Smoking: Findings from 17 Cities in China

1Centre for Behavioural and Cognition Research, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
2John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada H3G 1M8

Received 22 December 2014; Revised 12 April 2015; Accepted 17 April 2015

Academic Editor: Mangesh S. Pednekar

Copyright © 2015 Biao Luo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Despite the perceived success of educational campaigns and smoking bans in public places in China, the actual effects have not been investigated. This study examines the effects of the two policies by major characteristics of smokers and whether the affected smokers have intention to quit smoking. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 17 cities in China and 16,616 participants were selected using multistage stratified sampling. Logistic regression models were used to examine the effects of educational campaigns and smoking bans in public places on their intention to quit smoking. Results show that the Chinese government should try every means to build its tobacco control publicity and implement various forms of public educational campaigns to enhance smokers’ knowledge of the health consequences of smoking. In addition, China should emphasize the enforcement of the existing smoking prohibitions and regulations by implementing local tobacco control legislation and total prohibitions in all public places and workplaces.